Hawaii volcano lava flow could threaten homes

HONOLULU (AP) — Scientists are monitoring lava flowing from a Hawaii volcano eruption that could threaten homes.

The Hawaiian Volcano Observatory says the June 27 lava flow, named for the date it began erupting from a new vent, isn't an immediate threat to homes but could become one in weeks or months if it continues to advance.

As of Friday, lava was 2.4 miles from a forest reserve. Scientists are planning to fly over the area Monday to get another update on the lava's progress.

The Kilauea (kih-luh-WAY'-uh) volcano has been continuously erupting since 1983.

Hawaii County Civil Defense says the Kaohe (cah-OH'-hay) homesteads are closest to the flow. Civil defense officials will be meeting with the community this week to inform residents about the threat and discuss evacuation plans.

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